Today, July 1, The Federalist published an op-ed by Steve Simpson, in which he argues that the investigations of ExxonMobil for allegedly committing “fraud” in connection with the global warming debate is nothing but an outrageous attempt to censor those who happen to disagree with the government.
In this episode of The Yaron Brook Show, originally airing on April 19, 2016, guest host Steve Simpson discusses how the government’s investigation of Exxon Mobile, et al., is a threat to free speech, the connection between freedom of speech and freedom of thought, how to reconcile fraud with free speech, why freedom demands conceptual clarity and what you can do to defend freedom of speech.
On April 13, 2016, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the impact of President Obama’s climate policies. Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and former ARI fellow, was there to testify for the moral superiority of fossil fuels.
ARI is one of the co-sponsors of the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change that took place this week in Washington, D.C., Organized by the Heartland Institute, the conference raised critical question about past and current policies concerning energy and the environment. ARI’s Dr. Amanda Maxham joined panel 10 with State Senator Carlyle Begay and economist Alan Moran to discuss the impact of climate policy. Amanda’s talk is titled “Policy for people, not the planet.”
On May 15th, 2013, a small lobster boat flying a banner that read “coal is stupid” dropped anchor in waters in front of the Brayton Point Power Station in Massachusetts. The two eco-activists aboard the boat, named the Henry David T., thereby blocked the path of the coal ship Energy Enterprise, which was carrying a load of 40,000 tons of energy-rich coal, from reaching the power plant.
Climate protestors are busy preparing signs, floats and a “papier-mâché tree embedded with axes” for the People’s Climate March in New York City this Sunday. Thousands are expected to gather and march through the streets of Manhattan with the goal of convincing U.N. members to band together and drastically cut the use of fossil fuels across the globe. Marchers may believe they are taking to the streets in an effort to make lives better, but Alex Epstein, president and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress, writes in a recent Forbes.com article, that “[i]n fact they’re supporting policies that would cut billions of lives short. Literally.”
In July, the Heartland Institute sponsored the 9th International Conference on Climate Change in Las Vegas. The Ayn Rand Institute was a co-sponsor of the event and I was lucky enough to attend — and now you can too. Heartland has put up recorded videos of all of the keynote speeches and panel discussions on their website, so you can join the thousands of others who have already tuned in.